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Forbes Road: Love, War, and Revenge on the Pennsylvania Frontier (Volume 1) Paperback – April 25, 2012
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About the Author
Robert J Shade is a retired naval officer. He lives with his family on a farm in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. He has previously authored articles in professional military publications. This is his debut as an author of historical fiction.
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I recommend the book and think that anyone who enjoys a good yarn or historical novels set between the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, will find the work entertaining.
Recommend you read.
It is in this milieu that we find young Wend Eckert, journeyman gunsmith and watch as he is forced to grow from green teenager to self-sufficiency in a very short period of time.
Overall the book is a good read. There are the problems one expects with a book that is published by the author. The pacing in uneven. Some of the flashbacks and digressions by characters distracting. There are typos, "they're" is not the same as "their."
The history is solid. Henry Bouquet (and John Forbes) are unappreciated and understudied figures in American history. Not only were they exception military leaders who understood the geography of North America, but the good and bad qualities of the Indians they fought and the colonial troops they relied upon. Some things I would quibble with. As noted downthread in the 3-star reviews, leggings are secured below the knee not above. When loading a flintlock on the run you don't use a ramrod.The author underestimates the drop on a rifle ball at 175 yards. The Scots Irish referred to themselves, and were referred to, as Irish-- Jefferson called them "the wild Irish" -- not "Ulster." But, as I said, these are quibbles.
Some plot elements are wasted. Two good villains bite the dust as an afterthought. They deserved better. The sex scenes strike one as gratuitous, especially one which is not only gratuitous but somewhat disturbing.
Overall though, a very good read and faithful to the time. Well worth the purchase.
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